With over 30 years teaching experience, Tom Poore has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts Community Music Center and the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department. His background in teaching children includes Suzuki training, outreach programs through the Broadway School of Music and Passport Program, and the Cleveland Public Schools Arts in Summer Education Program.
Tom and his students have performed for WCPN radio and WVIZ television. Former students of his have gone on to earn scholarships and degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, The Juilliard School of Music, the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Aaron Shearer, and master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Holmquist. He was the editor for Aaron Shearer’s three volume “Learning the Classic Guitar,” published by Mel Bay.
Currently he teaches in the greater Cleveland area at the Solon Center for the Arts, Avon School of Music, and from his home in South Euclid. He’s also worked with the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival® since its inception in 1999, and writes program notes for its recitals.